Tuesday October 18, 2016 brought us the premiere of Medici: Masters of Florence in Italy. The plot proved to be full of suspense with talented international actors to back it up. It was wonderful to see all the different on-location settings the series was filmed at. The Medici Dynasty Show wanted to key you in on some of the historical buildings and scenery shown on Medici: Masters of Florence.
One of the most beautiful features of Tuscany is its countryside. The grape vineyards located in Tuscany produce world famous wines such as Chianti, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. It’s also where we get Cinghiale, wild boar, used in meat sauce such as bolognese for pasta and lasagna among other dishes. Ancient Greeks and Romans have mentioned Cinghiale in their stories and have been known to hunt them for sport. However, the earliest cave paintings of this hunting activity dates all the way back to the Upper Paleolithic era a.k.a. the Late Stone Age.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (The Duomo) is Florence’s main church. It’s construction dates back to 1296 and was designed by architect Arnolfo di Cambio, who also designed Palazzo Vecchio and the Basilica di Santa Croce. In 1418, 122 years after the construction of the church began, all except for the dome was complete. The Arte della Lana, the wool guild of Florence, held an architectural design competition which included such contestants as Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti. Brunelleschi’s design won and Cosimo de’ Medici commissioned the construction which started in 1420 and finished in 1436.
Montepulciano is a hilltop town located in Siena and dates back to the Medieval and Renaissance period. This specific region of Tuscany is where the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano comes from. It is also the birthplace of scholar and poet, Agnolo Ambrogini a.k.a. Poliziano, who was the educator of Lorenzo the Magnificent’s children. The hilltop setting of Montepulciano was a strategic location and served as a lookout and military settlement during Ancient Roman times. Montepulciano has also been the filming location for The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
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Post by Tessa Cole